The Chicago Fire was founded on October 8th, 1997 on the 127th anniversary of The Great Chicago Fire of 1871, from which it gets its name. The Fire plays its home game in Toyota Park which is located in the Chicago suburb of Bridgeview, IL.
The Club was originally based at Soldier Field until they moved to their new home in Toyota Park. The club found initial success in 1998 in its first year, beating D.C. United in the MLS Cup Final as well as defeating the Columbus Crew to win the U.S. Open Cup only a week later. The Fire is historically the most successful club in the US Open Cup having won championships in 1998, 2000, 2003, and 2006 as well as collecting conference championships in 2000, 2001, and 2003. They have had many notable players wear the a Fire jersey including Carlos Bocanegra, Brian McBride, DaMarcus Beasley, Josh Wolff, and Eric Wynalda
Official colors of the fire are red and white, naturally earning them the nickname of ?Men in Red?. The Fire has developed a healthy rivalry with fellow Eastern Conference competitor New England Revolution.